Raised concentrations of C reactive protein in anabolic steroid using bodybuilders

Grace, F.M. and Davies, B. (2004) Raised concentrations of C reactive protein in anabolic steroid using bodybuilders. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 38(1), pp. 97-98. ISSN (print) 0306-3674

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Objective: To examine levels of C reactive protein in users of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) compared with age matched control groups consisting of AAS using (but abstinent)/resistance trained and non-drug using/sedentary controls. Method: Subjects included AAS using bodybuilders (n = 10); bodybuilders who denied AAS use (n = 10); sedentary controls (n = 8). Venous blood was sampled, from which serum concentrations of C reactive protein, male sex hormones, and cardiac troponin T were determined. Results: A significantly altered hormonal profile in the AAS using group provided indirect confirmation of AAS use. C reactive protein concentrations were significantly (p<0.05) higher in the AAS using bodybuilders. There was no relation between C reactive protein and cardiac troponin T. Conclusion: AAS using bodybuilders had significantly higher C reactive protein concentrations, indicating a greater propensity to develop peripheral arterial disease.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bodybuilding, thromboembolism
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 22 May 2008
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:55
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsm.2003.005991
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/2910

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